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Latin America’s major media groups are competing to take ownership of Chile’s successful football league channel, Canal del Fútbol.

OSN’s acquisitions of rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship represent a more aggressive strategy from the pay-television operator, but doesn’t herald the beginning of fierce competition for top-tier rights with beIN Media Group.

German bank Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) took the unusual step of acquiring International Handball Federation World Championship media rights this month.

The French tennis federation is nearing a renewal with beIN Media Group for rights to the French Open tournament in the Middle East and North Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

BeIN Media Group increased its fee for National Basketball Association media rights in France by about 23 per cent ahead of the new season.

The Turkish Süper Lig’s tender structure has been drastically changed shortly before bids are due on November 21, making incumbent broadcaster Digiturk the clear favourite to renew its rights.

The MP & Silva agency has secured a solid increase in the value of Serie A media rights in Turkey, but will wait to see how the market develops before committing to a deal for more than one season.

The French football league last month agreed deals for beIN Sports and Canal Plus to show its matches in public places, increasing fees by 15 per cent.

Thai digital-terrestrial broadcaster PPTV has boosted its sports portfolio by sublicensing a slate of football rights from beIN Media Group.

The MP & Silva agency is thought to have paid an increase of just under 35 per cent to renew its global rights deal with Italy’s top men’s volleyball league, Lega Pallavolo Serie A.

MotoGP’s deals in the Americas with beIN Media Group and ESPN have significantly increased the value of the motorcycling series in the region.

Currency depreciation against the dollar has hurt English Premier League revenues in its final three deals in Asian markets.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas this week described the Spanish league’s new domestic media rights deals as “historic” in terms of income and the completion of the move to collective selling.

Interview with LaLiga president Javier Tebas on the first centralised tender for Spanish domestic football rights.

BeIN Media Group this week finalised its acquisition of English Premier League rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and is close to taking two properties – Uefa European Qualifiers and Wimbledon – from its main local rival, Abu Dhabi Media.

England’s Premier League this week completed the first set of deals across Asia for its rights in the 2016-17 to 2018-19 cycle, with mixed results. It saw significant increases in value from Australia and New Zealand, but a decline in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, while Malaysia and Myanmar are proving difficult.

French commercial broadcaster TF1's deal to show a further 11 matches from Euro 2016 will enhance the tournament’s free-to-air reach.

Interview with Roberto Dalmiglio and Konstantinos Filippas, chief commercial officer and European managing director respectively of the MP & Silva agency, about the Serie A international sales cycle and recent deals in the Nordics.

The German Bundesliga rounded off its international sales cycle this month, with deals in Australia and New Zealand.